Man admitted to series of vehicle burglaries to ‘support his drug habit’

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 11:55am

A convicted felon was arrested for committing a series of vehicle burglaries in the Lakes at White Oak Subdivision. When questioned by deputies, he allegedly admitted to the crimes and said he did it because he needed the money to support his drug habit.

According to the arrest report filed by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, the burglaries were committed over the past few months. However, the first break in the case happened on Oct. 1, 2013.

“The [suspect] was caught in the act burglarizing two of the victim’s vehicles,” the report noted. “The victim stated he and his son chased the [suspect] and caught up to him on Old Trace Drive when he became too tired to continue running. The victim further stated the [suspect] apologized for burglarizing his vehicles.”

The victim claims he did not have a cell phone, so he let the man go, but contacted deputies when he returned home.

On Oct. 3 at roughly 2:30 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office was contacted in regards to a suspicious man located in the same are where the vehicle burglaries were committed. The description of the man provided by the witness matched the description given by the other victim. Deputies searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect.

The next day at roughly the same time of night, a deputy stationed in the neighborhood saw a man who matched the description of the suspect.

The deputy stopped the man, Billy A. Oglesby, 35, and asked to pat him down due to a suspicious bulge in his pocket. That’s when the deputy found a .380 pistol, a small pocket flash light, brass knuckles, LSU stainless steel watch, and roughly $29.00 in change and $35.00 in bills.

The victim from the Oct. 1 incident was able to positively identify suspect as the man he chased down. After that, Oglesby allegedly confessed to multiple burglaries.

Oglesby was arrested and charged with Simple Burglary (5 counts), Theft (3 counts), Theft of a Firearm, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. His bond was set at $47,500.

Officials say additional charges are possible.

The report noted that Oglesby’s past conviction is for Armed Robbery. Additionally, he was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Sept. 7, 2013 for Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Improper Lane Usage. His bond was set at $10,000 and he was released on Sept. 11, 2013.

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